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Building Capacity for Ministry with Migrant Churches in Europe

Europe is experiencing a new situation: while a majority of its populations have enjoyed decades of relative peace and stability, millions of people from conflict regions beyond its borders have sought refuge in various European countries. These global migration movements have profoundly tested societies on the European continent and prompted serious questions: How do we want to live together? Which values are our societies based on?
Building Capacity for Ministry with Migrant Churches in Europe

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Event details

When

01 September 2017 to
03 September 2017

Where

Geneva, Switzerland

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Europe is experiencing a new situation: while a majority of its populations have enjoyed decades of relative peace and stability, millions of people from conflict regions beyond its borders have sought refuge in various European countries. These global migration movements have profoundly tested societies on the European continent and prompted serious questions: How do we want to live together? Which values are our societies based on? At the same time, one can observe how not only the public debate on these issues is led controversially, but at many instances has resulted in sharp societal rifts, and sometimes even violent reactions, hate speech, resurgence of racism and xenophobic hatred.

The seminar will offer the possibility to explore how this situation affects and transforms also churches, calls them to serve communities in different ways and to develop new models of ministry. In its different sessions the seminar will address the challenge of building and developing capacity for a ministry that seeks to build bridges of understanding. Based on sharing of best practices and experiences from migrant churches, various dimensions ranging from intercultural theological education to pastoral care in a migrant context will be studied.

The event is open primarily for lay people and clergy, community and social workers, theological educators and other interested practitioners of churches in Europe  through an application process.

For more information and application guidelines and forms, please contact: ECF@wcc-coe.org.

Deadline for applications: 1 July 2017